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Number of EU nationals registering to live and work in Hackney falls by 12% since Brexit vote.

IMG_0468.JPGFigures from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that the number of EU nationals registering to live and work in Hackney has fallen by 12% since last June's Brexit vote.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson, Darren Martin, compared the number of EU nationals registering for a National Insurance number in Hackney between January to June 2016 to figures from the same months in 2017, which revealed a substantial drop.

Commenting on the figures, Darren Martin said:

"It is clear that the effects of Brexit are already starting to take hold.

"EU nationals are tremendously valuable to Hackney's local economy and they make such a valuable contribution both economically and culturally. It is therefore very concerning that less people from the EU are coming to live and work in our borough.

"One of the main drivers of this is the failure to guarantee the rights of EU nationals who already live in the UK. 

"The Tories had a chance to do this right at the start of the Brexit process but pushed the Article 50 bill through Parliament without an amendment to guarantee the rights of EU nationals with the support of Labour.

"The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the rights of EU nationals in Parliament and through our 'Right to Stay' campaign.

"We need an exit from Brexit and the Lib Dems are the only party calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal once negotiations are concluded.

"People need the chance to make a decision once all the facts are known, especially around the future status of our friends, neighbours and co-workers who are EU nationals."

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